Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon

American Made Since 2011

Jessica DeMarco

Waynesville, North Carolina
Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon -- "Preserving Tradition" with exceptional seasonally produced & handcrafted preserves, pickles and artisan foods.

Tell us about your business.

In 2011, Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon began “Preserving Tradition” with handcrafted Jams, Pickles & Artisan Foods. After spending much time visiting the local farm markets and experimenting in traditional preserving methods, I found inspiration taking hold. Forming a connection with our local farming community, a desire grew to revive the farm and food traditions that had been valued by generations past. As the business formed and grew we found a warm reception from others in our community and surrounding region who had a similar desire to connect to their food and support the local “family farm”. In 2012 we expanded production and distribution to specialty food stores throughout North Carolina. Last year our hopes (and a lot of hard work) were amply rewarded -- we were selected as 1 of the 100 top “American Makers” in the Audience Choice awards, and in November were featured in Garden & Gun Magazine Made in the South Awards! Our next step is opening our own hometown storefront!

What makes your business stand out?

Our small batch pickles, jams and savory spreads speak for themselves. Each recipe is crafted in small batches from the freshest locally grown produce. Our commitment to supporting local agriculture means we work with many small family farms across our region which supports our local community and economy. Our products are produced with these values in mind: • Local – support agriculture and commerce in Western Carolina Region • Sustainable & Seasonal – utilize fresh seasonal produce, as much as possible grown using organic farming principles • Small-batch – produce products in smaller batches to ensure quality • Natural & Pure – no preservatives, dyes, artificial additives or unnecessary use of pectin • Artisan Tradition – prepare products using classical culinary preparations, methods and recipes • Handcrafted – each batch is prepared with careful personal attention

What's the best business advice you've received?

Doing what you love is not always exactly what you expect – be ready to work hard & prepare to persevere when the challenges arrive. Be involved with your community – first starting out we found incredible support through our local small business center, state resources and our local Chamber of Commerce. Networking with other small business owners and working together to support other like-minded entrepreneurs is a great way to market your product and give back to your community. Take time to tell your story, but don’t forget to listen & share others’ stories too! Personal connections are invaluable to growing your business – particularly as an artisan “Maker”.

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